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Apple Updates Front Row, Aperture Applications

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 15:09
Category: Software

In addition to its iMac, Mac Mini, iLife and .Mac updates, Apple also quietly updated its Front Row and Aperture applications.
Front Row 1.3.1, which is available as a 4.5 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), improves iPhoto compatibility.
The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run and can be downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature on Front Row-equipped Macs.
Aperture 1.5.4 serves as a required update for iLife 2008 and allows users to import images directly from iPhoto ’08 and to share Aperture images with iLife ’08 and ‘iWork ’08 applications via the Media Browser.
The Aperture 1.5.4 update is available here and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new versions and had either a positive or negative experience with them, let us know in the comments of forums.


NES Emulator for iPhone in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 08:29
Category: iPhone

In spite of the unlocking efforts, the pros and cons and everything else centering around the iPhone, it’s nice to know that someone’s working on bringing something incredibly fun as well as capable of wasting vast amounts of time to the handset.
According to the guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a programmer referring to himself as “stepwhite” has ported the InfoNES core over to the iPhone, allowing the device to run emulation for classic Nintendo ROMs such as Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and Punch Out.
The emulator is currently still in progress and too slow to run at a playable speed.
Take a gander at the YouTube video and if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the comments of forums.


VMWare 1.0.51348 Officially Released for the Mac

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 14:06
Category: Software

On Monday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 1.0.51348 of its Fusion software for the Mac.
Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock. According to Macworld News, VMWare also supports 64-bit memory addressing support and offers ;experimental” support for the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system as well as 3D graphics support.
VMWare 1.0.51348 currently retails for US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac with 512 MB of RAM, 275 MB of hard disk space for the application, 1 GB of hard disk space for each virtual machne and Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the commercial version of VMWare or have an opinion on virtualization in general, let us know in the comments and forums.


Hackers Extract Main iPhone Key, Reach New Milestone

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

Approximately six weeks after the iPhone’s release, the iPhone Dev Team has announced that the group has reached a new milestone in its goal of unlocking the iPhone by extracting the full contents of the device’s radio memory. Discovery of this code allows for a “true unlock” that can pull the iPhone away from running exclusively on AT&T‘s wireless network.
The group has created a program called NOR Dumper to allow others to continue work on unlocking the iPhone and, according to Gizmodo, intends to release the program’s source code at a later date when they feel the program is in a more mature state.
Stay tuned for further details as they emerge.
If you have any ideas or opinions about the iPhone unlocking effort, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Offers Additional Details on iPhone Quirks

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 15:58
Category: iPhone

On Friday, Apple updated its Knowledge Base library article regarding current issues facing iPhone owners. The full article can be found here, but the guys over at iPhone Atlas have pointed out some interesting tidbits:
“Sound from receiver is muffled or too low: ‘Make sure the receiver is over your ear. Move it around until it is in a spot that produces the clearest sound.’
Low microphone volume: ‘If you are using a third-party iPhone case, make sure it is not covering the microphone. Try making some calls without the case to see if a caller can now hear you more clearly.’
Display image issues: ‘This can include white screen, bright or dark pixels, lines in video, or sections of video missing. Turn iPhone off and turn it on again.’
No cell signal strength anywhere: ‘Check to make sure you‚Äôre in an area with network coverage.’
Battery life seems short: ‘If you are charging using your computer, don‚Äôt connect iPhone to your keyboard.’
No sound through stereo headset: ‘Unplug and reconnect the headset. Make sure the connector is pushed in all the way.'”
The article doesn’t mention if any of these variables change with the iPhone 1.0.1 Update which came out this week and essentially focuses on human factors that can go wrong with iPhone usage.
If the Knowledge Base article provided any solutions that were eluding you, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Releases itunes 7.3.2

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 08:26
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Late Thursday, Apple released iTunes 7.3.2. The new version, a 33.8 megabyte download, resolves stability and performance bugs.
Beyond this, specific details as to the update have yet to be released. The update comes on the heels of the first iPhone update and may help with communication between iTunes and the best-selling handset.
iTunes 7.3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.2 or later for audio playback and QuickTime 7.1.5 or later for video playback.
If you’ve downloaded the new version and can cite specific changes or have feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 Build 5060 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 15:44
Category: Software

Late Thursday, virtualization software maker Parallels released Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 build 5060. The new build, an 82 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and enhancements:
-Major enhancements to the look and feel of Windows programs in Coherence.
-Coherence support for Exposé and Transparent Windows.
-Support for overlapping several Windows and Mac windows in Coherence.
-Ability to silently boot into Coherence mode.
-Linux PC and virtual machine migration to your Mac using Transporter.
-Ability to change your VM’s disk format using the updated Image Tool.
-Ability to change Sound Devices ‘on the fly’.
-iPhone support in Windows. iTunes in Windows can connect to your iPhone.
Parallels Desktop for Mac retails for US$79.99 for new users and is available for US$49.99 for upgrading users. The software requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new build, which is still in a beta stage, and have anything to say about it, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.


iFixit Launches iPhone Parts Store

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 13:31
Category: iPhone

iFixit, the “Mac + iPod do-it-yourself” company, has announced that it has opened a new store stocked with both iPhone parts as well as repair guides. The outfit has stated that it carries components such as batteries, displays, case components, front and rear bezels and logic boards.
The iPhone Fixit Guide, which provides detailed pictures and instructions as to how to replace components, is available for free here.
Interestingly enough, the iFixit folks are also showing users how to remove the built-in camera on their iPhone units, as secure work sites frequently forbid cell phones and handsets with included cameras. The full guide for removal can be found here.
This may not thrill Apple, but it’s nice to see a third party get involved.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Microsoft Delays Release of Office 2008 for Mac

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 12:32
Category: Software

On Thurdsay, software manufacturer Microsoft announced that it would delay the release of its long-anticipated Office 2008 for Mac suite until mid-January of next year.
According to Macworld News, the suite, which will be Intel-native, was originally scheduled for release in the second half of 2007. Representatives have stated that the software will go to manufacturing this December and be released at the next Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
“We made the decision to do this so we could give users the type of quality that they deserve,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit. “This is a quality-driven decision.”
Eisler also commented that changes, such as Apple’s hardware switch to an Intel-based architecture and new Office file formats, made the originally scheduled release that much more difficult. Transitions such as a change from FreeScale’s CodeWarrior to Apple’s Xcode system to build the software became necessary and added to the duration of the project.
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Apple Releases Safari 3.0.3 Beta

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 08:48
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Apple released a public beta of Safari 3.0.3, the next version of its proprietary web browser. Safari 3.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
The new browser, a 14 megabyte download, features security component updates found in the recently-released Security Update 2007 – 007 update. With the update, Mac OS X components such as bzip2, CFNetwork, Core Audio, cscope, gnuzip, Kerberos, mDNSResponder, PDFKit, PHP, Quartz Composer, samba, WebKit, and WebCore receive additional stability and security.
As with all betas, Safari 3.0.3 is still a work in progress, so be careful and be sure to have an alternate browser lined up just in case.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, throw in your two cents in the comments or forums.